DONCASTER ROVERS: Second best will not do

TARGETING THE TOP: Brian Flynn wants Rovers to lift the League One title, not just seal promotion.
TARGETING THE TOP: Brian Flynn wants Rovers to lift the League One title, not just seal promotion.

BRIAN Flynn insists he will not settle for second best this season and has targeted the League One title.

The Rovers boss believes his side are the best in the division and wants them to prove it by lifting the championship at the end of the campaign.

“From the beginning I’ve said we’re the best team in this league,” he said.

“I still believe that.

“I’ve seen every team in League One over the last seven months and I’ve seen all their strengths and weaknesses.

“It just confirms what I already knew – that we’re the best.

“We’re not going to settle for second spot because you might get caught,” Flynn added.

“We’re going for top spot – you won’t get caught if you’re top.”

Rovers promotion cause was aided as Swindon Town could only draw at Leyton Orient in their game in hand on Tuesday night which left a six point gap between the top two and Paolo Di Canio’s side.

Flynn has refused to set a points target for his players and has demanded they keep on going until promotion is sealed.

He said: “People have said that 90 points would do it but that wasn’t good enough last season.

“So you can’t really say how many points you need to do it.

“It’s just a case of getting the next three points.”

It is expected to be a quiet transfer deadline day for Rovers with Flynn in no rush to make additions to his squad and little room for departures.

As has been the case throughout the season, budget restrictions mean the Rovers boss will use the loan or free agent market to bring players in and only when absolutely necessary.

Flynn has said he will look for ‘insurance policies’ to cover for injuries but feels he does not need to act with a fully fit squad at his disposal.

Rovers took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Manchester United at the Premier League side’s Carrington training ground on Monday with a number of fringe players given a full 90 minutes.

Flynn confirmed that Martin Woods has returned to training and played some part in the game with Manchester United.

Rovers will look to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run on the road at struggling Bury on Saturday.

Billy Paynter is eligible again following his three match ban.

H Rovers U18 boss Paul Stancliffe has awarded two-year scholarships to Academy twins Jack and Paul McKay along with right winger Matthew Davies from Worksop.

Centre half Paul and striker Jack are the twin sons of agent Willie McKay.